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Imaginations by William Carlos Williams
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Honey in his Mouth by Lester Dent
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The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and Damned
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
read in November, 2009
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This book is fantastic. Prescient! Knowing! Cynical! Hilarious! Depressing!
more applicable to the contemporary milieu of New Hip America than %96 of the books out there now.
Fitzgerald: Just Goddamn. The man could probably write a good sentence while...more
The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
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Sex! Misanthropy! Cloning!

I found this to be lively, more entertaining than it had a right to be, deeply scathing, and occasionally funny, but I was left with a rather sour aftertaste in the 'ol frontal lobe.


At first, I was enjoying the new age c

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Mother's Milk by Edward St. Aubyn
Mother's Milk
by Edward St. Aubyn
read in February, 2010
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You know how sometimes people complain about unremittingly dour contemporary novels where all the characters are unlikable assholes? Well, this one's really good! Rather than tacking away from the cynicism with heartwarming flashes of goodness (gag)...more
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Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
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The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
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A middle aged couple named gave(leant?) me this book at a new years party at my house (I guess they had it in their car?). They seemed like nice people, Beverly and Dennis, in fact, I just finished drinking the brandy they brought over for egg nog, s...more
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson
read in December, 2009
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File under books you can read in a day. Take that Moby Dick.
The fact that it's a fast read is good, because at first the book may seem a little cliched, having been post-facto ironized by the Simpsons Halloween specials.
Once you get into it though th...more
Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
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Blue vs Grey = the original Blue vs. Red, but with guns and ironclad ships!
The book is exciting as all get out, and highly readable, all without laying the shiny shiny eggwash of pop history on too thick.
One should be able to find a slightly-used ol...more
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